The Ethics Committee, contacted by the organizers of the Paris Olympic Games, recommended Monday the exclusion of former basketball player Emilie Gomis from her role as ambassador of the event, for having positioned herself against Israel at war against Hamas, in a publication on Instagram. It is now up to the Organizing Committee to make the decision whether or not to terminate the contract of the Olympic vice-champion with Les Bleues in 2012, also a member of the board of directors of Paris-2024.
Two days after the attacks perpetrated by Hamas in Israel on October 7, Emilie Gomis published a message in which we saw maps of France from 1947, 1967 and 2023, on which the tricolor flag covering French territory is gradually replaced by the Israeli flag, with this question: “What would you do in this situation?” » This illustration, kept online for 24 hours, “clearly refers to events concerning the State of Israel and Palestine, in particular the Gaza Strip, notably the plan for the partition of Palestine by the United Nations in 1947, the Six-Day War and the vote of United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 in 1967 »recalled the Ethics Committee. “The publication can further be legitimately interpreted as suggesting that the France of 2023, whose map is dominated by the Star of David, is also ‘invaded by Jews’”, still suggests the instance. Criticized, Emilie Gomis ended up apologizing on December 3 “to those who felt hurt”on Instagram, adding: “The accusations of anti-Semitism that I face are in complete contradiction with the values that were instilled in me and those that sport taught me. »
This message remained insufficient for the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France, which demanded on the same day that she be removed from her position as ambassador to the 2024 Olympic Games. For the Ethics Committee, these apologies “are not likely to mitigate, in this case, the seriousness of the breach noted”especially if “she concedes a form of clumsiness (…) she does not repudiate the content of this publication”. It also recalls that, in accordance with the Paris-2024 Ethics Charter, its members and employees must “to respect the duty of reserve in their public expression” And “refrain from any act that could harm the image or reputation of Paris-2024”.